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Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship in Canadian Freshwater Policy

Geoffrey F. Bruce was a distinguished Canadian, dedicated public servant and diplomat who devoted his career to advancing multilateral cooperation in pursuit of environmental protection and sustainable development practices. Geoffrey was passionate about the stewardship of Canadian water resources.

Erika v. C. Bruce created the Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship to support the next generation of freshwater policy researchers, increase excellence in related public policy research and ensure the sustainability of Canada's freshwater resources.

The Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship is designed to generate research recommendations that shape public policy related to freshwater resources in Canada. Research projects should be rooted in the social sciences and contribute to interdisciplinary analysis and discussion of freshwater governance and policy in Canada.

PDF fileOverview of the fellowship.

$25,000 annually in fellowships to fund up to two (2) graduate projects in Canadian water policy

Fellowships may be held for up to two (2) years

September 30, each year

Examples of eligible areas of research include (but are not limited to):

  • aspects of freshwater as political, economic or strategic resource
  • transboundary water governance
  • water quality/quantity
  • water security
  • water export/sale
  • water privatization

Projects of an interdisciplinary nature are welcome, although those with a predominantly science focus (e.g., engineering, biology) will be excluded.  

Interested applicants should submit an application package by September 30 including:

  • resumé/CV
  • transcripts
  • statement of interest
  • Two (2) letters of reference

All application documents can be submitted to:
Dr. Carolyn Johns
Chair, Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship
Selection Committee
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3 

Recipient Profiles


Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship recipients Miranda Black (left) and Andre Setoodeh (right)


Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship recipients Caroline John (left) and Edward (Evan) Millar (right)


Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship recipients Michelle Woodhouse (left) and Madeleine Martin (right)


Donor Erika v. C. Bruce (centre) congratulates the inaugural recipients of the Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship in Canadian Freshwater Policy Katherine Minich (left) and Edgar Tovilla (right)